New Mexico State University – The Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre

New 100,000-SF Arts Complex is a three-story academic building which houses a 430-seat proscenium theatre with two balconies, a double-height rehearsal hall/dance studio, shared classrooms, offices for the theatre, dance and art departments and public spaces.  The new building is the result of a partnership between the University and the community and serves both academic and community with cultural events and educational activities.

The Theatre includes a 30-seat orchestra pit.  Acoustics environment is supported by a quiet under-floor displacement air distribution system and sound-diffusive custom-pleated metal fabric balcony fronts which enhance the sense of envelopment without compromising speech intelligibility.  Sophisticated AV systems offer flexible sound and video projection to support a wide variety of theatrical productions.  The Rehearsal Hall is a double-height multi-use space with sloped shape that provides acoustic control and is supplemented by floor-to-ceiling adjustable curtains.  8-foot high fully-mirrored moveable panels can be deployed along two sides of the room for dancers, or stored for drama rehearsal.

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM

Project Type

$37.5 Million

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Holzman Moss

Theatre Consultant
Theatre Projects Consultants

LEED Status

The theatre design serves functionality for drama, dance and musical productions, incorporates specific elements to achieve low background noise and be highly energy efficient while also reflect the unique identity of the southwest region .   WebPhoto1_NMSU   WebPhoto2_NMSU

The new Center consolidates the University’s arts programs into one centralized location and offers vibrant spaces to attract guest artists to campus to provide students and faculty with professional enrichment experiences.